The Culloden Run 17.46km & 10km – 25/10/2015

Sally at CullodenBeautiful bright but chilly morning at Culloden moor for the annual 17.46 & 10k race events which is a charity event to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

Myself & fellow club runners Toks, Douglas & Fiona were taking part in the 17.46k with Chris & Frances doing 10k.

Registration is held within the visitor centre which has toilet & cafe facilities, well organised & quick registration to collect race number, then change into race gear (much deliberation amongst fellow runners of how many layers to run in) a nice wee warm up after a great race briefing & we were ready to go!

This race uses the time chips and as the runners take off over the mats all you hear is the sound of the beeping & the Garmins being set!

We’re off along the B class roads relatively flat if slightly downhill until you turn left at around the 3mile marker & directed UP a country road where you find the first water station & friendly encouraging marshals.

We then come to a lovely downhill and then level out on single track road which were well marshalled at every junction along with some well wrapped up locals cheering us on!

Coming up to the halfway point myself & the group around me who were also doing this race for the first time were wondering where this horrible hill was – oh that’ll be just down here (which was really fab but didn’t realise we run back up later)& round the corner!!! Running into the strong wind & being whacked by a few flying leaves we pushed onwards & upwards & boy does it go up! Pretty vertical up & under the viaduct where I felt the Brumley Brae efforts training kicking in – my group spread out a bit here and with some encouragement I managed to keep it going ALL the way to the top! 😊 This was where I was told you level out again & I was expecting to run along the viaduct – you don’t- as its an actual railway line!!😜 I could see Toks just up ahead for the first time during the race, he was having a good run, then down we go again, feeling great flying down the road until I realised we’d come round in a big circle and we were heading back up ‘that’ road!! I could see a few runners struggling at this point but we kept going, the guys in our group pulled away & us girls pushed on up, we were in the final 3k to go!

At the top we merge in with some of the 10k runners for the first time and as I pass one of the race vehicles with the music blaring out the guy is singing out his window an Ed Sheeran song which is quite personal to me & Spurs me on towards the turn off which comes onto the main road which was pretty busy but the drivers were very respectful of us runners and again the marshals guide you in to the final 200metres where I just couldn’t catch Toks and the finish line where you’re met with your finishers medal & goody bag & your timing chip removed by lovely but frozen looking ladies, bless!

A fantastic run with stunning scenery which we are very lucky to have on our doorstep, I would highly recommend this event for your diary next year – the hills aren’t that bad…….

Report by:  Sally Bruce

Comments

  1. D Hamilton says:

    Well written Mrs Bruce. ☺

  2. Karen says:

    Summed up perfectly

  3. Nigel says:

    Well done on keeping it going ALL the way to the top! I’ve tried and failed three times. Canna hack it.

  4. Very good report Sally. I did the 10k the first year and that wasn’t easy very windy so a big well done to you and the other yella

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